Rubens Talk Series - ‘Equal to the Great Masters’: Landscapes by Gainsborough and Rubens

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Rubens Talk Series - ‘Equal to the Great Masters’: Landscapes by Gainsborough and Rubens

Rubens Talk Series - ‘Equal to the Great Masters’: Landscapes by Gainsborough and Rubens

Date: Wednesday 7 July 2021
Times: 19:00 to 20:00 BST, and available to view for one week thereafter
Location: Zoom Webinar (Online)
Speaker: Dr John Chu, Senior Curator of Pictures and Sculpture, The National Trust 

Talk Description: Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) had a lifelong love of Netherlandish landscape art. As his career developed so too did the range and depth of his appreciation for the ‘Great Masters’ of the Low Countries – prominent in this pantheon was Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). In this talk, John Chu will consider the transformative influence of Rubens’s landscapes on Gainsborough’s art, examining what he learned from his predecessor and why these paintings became such an important model. Looking more broadly, he will also explore the reputation of Rubens’s landscapes in 18th-century Britain and establish the social and artistic conditions that shaped, and made possible, Gainsborough’s fruitful encounter with the works of the Flemish master.

About the Speaker: Dr John Chu is Senior Curator of Pictures and Sculpture at the National Trust. He has taught and published widely on 18th-century British and French painting and specialises in the art of Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds.

Rubens Talk Series, 9 June to 21 July: To accompany our new exhibition, Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes, this series of seven evening talks will explore different aspects of Rubens's extraordinary life and achievements, the fascinating social, cultural and economic circumstances of his age, and his enduring artistic legacy. 

In partnership with VISITFLANDERS.

Joining Information and Format: Series talks will be presented through Zoom Webinar. Each talk duration is 1 hour, including time for Q&A with the speaker.

Tickets can be purchased for individual talks or the entire series. Ticket holders will receive their Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 24 hours in advance of each talk. 

Talk Recording: Series talks, excluding 21 July, will be recorded. Following each talk, ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only.

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
07/07/2021 19:00 20:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Talk £4
Online Talk (Full Rubens Series) £15
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